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Apple Refreshing MacBook Pro and Air

Posted by Joel Thompson | Posted in Computer | Posted on 29-04-2013

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According to Ming-Chi Kuo KGI Securities analyst, Apple’s MacBook Pro and MacBook Air will include Intel’s latest Haswell processor in its new models. The processor provides a 10 percent increase in processing speed and a 50 percent increase over the original integrated graphics chip.

Unfortunately it appears Apple will not include the expensive new  Retina display on all new models. This coming after Kuo Predicted Apple would move away from non-Retina models in 2013.

“Contrary to our previous projection, we now think Apple will continue to make the MacBook Pro alongside the MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro because the 13” MacBook Pro remains the most popular product in the MacBook line. Also, there is still demand in emerging markets, where Internet penetration isn’t advanced, for optical disk drives.” Kuo said.

Both models are to be introduced at Apples Worldwide Developers Conference, and should be available for shipping shortly after.

Source MacRumors

Could the Release of the Xeon E5 Chip Series Pave the Way for a New MacBook Pro Update?

Posted by zduncan | Posted in Computer | Posted on 02-03-2012

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Intel Xeon processorMany reports believe that the Sandy Bridge E server chips, better known as the Xeon E5 series, from Intel are set to debut this week. There are lots of rumors that the chips have been in the distribution channel for a couple weeks now which means that manufacturers using the chips will be able to launch seamlessly with the actual release of the chips. One such company is Apple.

Nobody who “has the chips” has been permitted to release benchmark tests yet as that honor is being restricted to next week. However, the Xeon E5 series will definitely be a much improved version over the ones currently found in Apple’s highly popular MacBook Pro, a device that hasn’t seen an update since the middle of 2010.

Aside from Apple, other companies, like Dell, have already started announcing new products that are based on the new Xeon E5 series which means that Apple could very well be ready with an all new MacBook Pro update in the very near future.

In addition to that, Apple is likely to take advantage of the E5-2600 series 6-core and 8-core chips. These chips would most likely be used in the company’s dual-processor MacBook Pro devices with the E5-1600 series quad-core and 6-core chips focused on Apple’s low-end, single-processor models.

The new processors aren’t the only things coming out that are vital for a brand new MacBook Pro upgrade. However, there have definitely been far fewer specific MacBook Pro rumors over the past couple of months. A recent report did claim that the company is planning to switch to Nvidia graphics in the next update, moving away from Apple’s current AMD partner.

The main thing that will determine if we see a new MacBook Pro update is, of course, whether or not Apple thinks the line is worth keeping in production. Apple was reportedly questioning last year whether to discontinue the model or not, examining if the MacBook Pro should continue offering the professional-level workstation since sales have been down thanks to a shift towards notebooks.

What do you think? Would you want a new MacBook Pro with the Xeon E5 series chip or do you think it’s time for Apple to retire the trusted device in lieu of something a little more fresh?

Source: MacRumors – Mac Pro Update Now Possible with New Xeon E5 Chips Next Week

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Apple Macs Hacked to Run Sandy Bridge Processors

Posted by zduncan | Posted in Computer | Posted on 05-01-2011

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Hacked MacIntel’s new line of Sandy Bridge processors is coming out soon, and when they hit, they will be available on Windows PCs first and, undoubtedly, Mac computers later. But “later” just wasn’t good enough for some people, because hackers have already installed Mac OS X on a Sandy Bridge Processor.

That’s right, before the formal unveiling of Intel’s next-generation of processors, hackers have managed to get Mac OS X up and running on a Sandy Bridge processor even though Intel said that this ability would be available in the future. People really seem to be getting impatient these days.

The official introduction of Intel’s new processors was at CES 2011. These new processors are the first to combine visual and 3D graphics technology along with microprocessors on the same chip. This new line of products, which earned the codename “Sandy Bridge”, houses newly designed Intel HD graphics on each 32nm die allowing for a serious performance boost.

And while we will see this technology on Mac devices in the future, hackers just could not wait. In a post from Engadget, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard was installed on what they called a “Hackintosh” computer that was running the Intel Core i5-2500K CPU. Also noteworthy is that it had a clock speed of 3.30GHz.

This device also achieved a Geekbench Score of 8874 as well as an Xbench Score of 282.40. This is partly boosted by 6MB of L3 cache in the Sandy Bridge chip and hackers were able to achieve this by utilizing a patched kernel.

Intel, even though they are prepared for the official unveiling at CES, issued a press release earlier this week showing off some of the features of these second generation core processors. Intel noted that more than 500 desktop and laptop PCs from all of the major computer manufacturers are expected to house the chips in 2011.

According to Mooly Eden, Vice President and General Manager of the PC Client Group at Intel, “The new second Generation Intel Core processors represent the biggest advance in computing performance and capabilities over any other previous generation. The built-in visual capabilities enabled by these new processors are stunning. This, combined with improved adaptive performance, will revolutionize the PC experience in a way that is obvious for every user to see and appreciate – visibly smarter performance.”

A rumor that floated around last month stated that Apple would be producing new MacBooks in 2011 that would rely on Intel’s Sandy Bridge processor. This means that NVIDIA graphics solutions may not be included in some models 13 inches and smaller. Models 13 inches and under, as it has been suggested, would house Sandy Bridge-only graphics.

Expect big things to come from this second generation of processors, whether they be on a Mac device or not.

Source: Apple Insider

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